WAC Workshops and Seminars


SPRING 2014 Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops

Please email Dr. Erika Scheurer, WAC Director ( wac@stthomas.edu ) if you are interested in attending one of the WAC spring workshops. View workshop descriptions and details.  

  • Friday, February 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m. - Strategies for Effective Use of Peer Feedback
  • Tuesday, February 18, 11:45 a.m.-12:45p.m.  - Developing Low-Stakes Writing To Learn Assignments 
  • Thursday, February 20, 12-1 p.m. - Partnering with Librarians to Support Student Research
  • Friday, February 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Responding Effectively and Efficiently to Student Writing in Process
  • Thursday, February 27, 12-1 p.m. - Developing Useful Rubrics to Evaluate Student Writing
  • Wednesday, March 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m.  - Preparing Students for Collaborative Writing or Group Projects 
  • Tuesday, March 11, 12-1 p.m. - Refining Rubrics for Evaluating Student Writing 
  • Wednesday, March 12, 12:15-1:15 p.m.- Working with ESL/ELL Student Writers #1
  • Wednesday, April 16, 12:15-1:15 p.m. - Working with ESL/ELL Student Writers #2
  • Tuesday, May 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Postmortem: Evaluating WAC materials used in your course(s) this semester

The next five-day Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar will take place June 2-6, 2014, 9 a.m.-noon.

After three hours of presentation, discussion, and small group work, participants will have the afternoons to work on their courses. Topics covered in the seminar:

• What does it mean to approach writing as a process as well as a product?
• What is the relationship of writing to thinking?
• How can writing be used as a tool for learning subject matter and for critical thinking?
• What are effective ways to plan, present, sequence, and assess both formal and informal writing assignments?
• What are helpful and efficient ways to respond to student writing?

Once again, the facilitator will be Dr. Chris Anson, internationally-recognized Writing Across the Curriculum specialist, University Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Campus Writing & Speaking Program at North Carolina State University. He discusses his work at UST on his website: http://www.ansonica.net/

Upon submission of revised course materials, each participant receives a $500 stipend and becomes certified to teach WAC courses at UST.  the three types of WAC courses are described here:

To register, please email Dr. Erika Scheurer, WAC Director ( wac@stthomas.edu ) with the following information:

  1. Your name and department.
  2. The name and number of the course you would like to revise (it must be an undergraduate course) and when you next expect to teach the course (if you know). It's also fine if you are developing a new course.
  3. Whether the course will be Writing Intensive, Writing to Learn, or Writing in the Discipline.
  4. Please briefly describe how you currently use writing in the course and your goals for participating in the seminar.

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